Archive for the ‘Period Photographs’ Category

1962 Junkyard

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Series of photos taken at a Connecticut junkyard in April of 1962.






Photos: Walker Evans Life Archive

Posing with the New Car

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Nothing like the day you bring home the new car. Not a scratch, ding or dent. Photographing the event for posterity is a must as like a magnet to steel, it won’t be long before a shopping cart finds you and tarnishes your new purchase. Have a period photo of you and your new car? Contact us and we’ll add it to the gallery.

1962 Corvair Monza
1962 Corvair Monza

1958 Ford Wagon
New car!

1971 Ford Mustang
1971 Mustang, Mt. Vernon. OH. Summer 1972

1968 Buick GS
New Car

1969 Volkswagen Beetle
My brand new car....some years back in time  :-)

1967 Ford Mustang Fastback

1967 Fastback 390 this was my first new car!

1961 Chevrolet Impala

Mom & 1961 Chevy Impala, ca. 1961

1961 Chrysler Newport

Chrysler, Dodge or maybe Desoto?

1956 Studebaker
Man with New Studebaker - 1956

1967 Plymouth Fury III

Cars with Fins

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Parking lot shot of Knotts Berry Farm in 1960 at the apex of the fin era. Looks like not one but two Plymouth Suburban station wagons just a few spots apart.
Cars with fins, parking lot at Knott's Berry Farm, 1960

Chicago or Bust

Friday, June 10th, 2011


A road trip in a run down jalopy must have been a special experience in 1934 and based on the dirty hands these guys have, there were probably plenty of roadside adjustments needed on the Chevy, but these guys made it all the way up from New Orleans to attend the Century of Progress World’s Fair located in Chicago. Impressed with the artistically bedecked Chevy, fair officials gave the boys a special parking permit near the fairs grounds to display their masterpiece. The slogans on the car include :”2 things don’t mix: gas n gin” and “Our moms home waiting for us” I’ll bet the artist Charles A. Dupaquier, went on to have a fine career as an artist. Photograph is courtesy of the University of Illinois at Chicago Library.

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Muscle Car School

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

As long as I can remember I’ve been into cars. I still remember seeing a brand new 1967 Firebird convertible one evening when my Dad took us to the local Burger Chef drive in. I begged my Dad to buy one, but we were a wagon family, so something as sporty as a Firebird was out  of the question. At least I had my Matchbox car collection to keep me going and when Hot Wheels came out in 1968, almost all my playtime with my friends revolved around racing our Hot Wheels.

For a boy who was as into cars as much as I was, it came as quite a surprise when I our school organized the classrooms into teams named after the cars of the day. I started on the Wildcats but was also on the Mustangs and Road Runners while I attended the school. The other team names included  the Camaros, Firebirds, and the Barracudas. I’m not sure what the girls thought of our team names, but for my friends and I it was pretty cool to be part of muscle car school!


Rainy Day

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

Series of photos taken on a rainy day in 1967 from inside a Plymouth Valiant.

1955 Thunderbird Fender Bender

Friday, December 4th, 2009

I can’t say I blame her for being upset and given the way the police officer is talking to her it looks like it may have been her fault. I’ve never seen these wheels covers on a 55 Bird. I wonder if these were dealer installed. The Photos were taken in June of 1958 in Los Angeles. Does anyone know the location?


Life Photo Archive

Kaufmann Chevrolet 1953

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

Kaufmann Chevrolet dealership in New York. Picture was taken in late 1953. You can buy a brand new 1954 Chevrolet sedan for $1,595. I’m holding out for the 55’s though. I hear they’re gonna to be nice.
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Steuarts Ford Garage 1920

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Steuarts Garage in Washington D.C. Circa 1920.
Clicking the pictures (and then using your browser magnifying icon) will show you full size detail. Lots of great stuff in the parts department.

1958 Country Sedan: Destination Disneyland

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

When I look at this photo I can’t help but to think of National Lampoons “Vacation” when the Griswald family arrived at Wally World after a cross country trip only to find an empty parking lot and the entrance closed. This family had better luck than the Griswalds, but I’m sure like most families, their vacation adventure was filled with fighting siblings, car sickness and unforeseen obstacles along the way, but in the end it was all worth it. By the time the Country Sedan pulled up to Disneyland all was forgiven. They had reached their destination and Pops only had to pay a quarter for parking.
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